Funding Opportunities – 04/11/2016

On this day, 1st November 1969 Elvis Presley hit the Number 1 spot in the US with his cover of Suspicious Minds. As with many hits from The King, this song could have been produced with grant applications in mind.

It touches on issues of distrust, cynicism and feeling trapped. RCUK funding may come to mind when thinking of such things. But

The song also goes on to reflect on the good thing that the relationship is, that it is worth working towards and that it isn’t something that should be given up on. How true this is for Council funding too. Ask any former RCUK grant holder and I am positive they will tell you that they feel happy joy-joy feelings for it, and how the fantastic resource they secured furthered their research.

Plus, this song was the first Number 1 hit in 7 years for The King and formed a vital part in his comeback. A further lesson and inspiration that you shouldn’t give up…

To help you, below are just a handful of opportunities currently available – including some of the latest RCUK opportunities. For more funding opportunities, please visit Research Professional – an online funding opportunities database and alert service, to which Keele is a subscriber. All staff have access on-campus.

If you are interested in any of these, any other funding opportunities or just a general chat about your research, please get in touch.

Uh huh huh.
Please note that the AHRC website seemingly has new Theme Large Grant calls, however these link to obsolete necro-material so it is probably just a mistake. For now, I advise ignoring them while we get clarification – we’ll alert you if they rise again.

AHRC Anti-Microbial Resistance Pre-Call Announcement

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR), is a term used to describe disease-causing organisms that have evolved to survive medicines that have been designed to kill them or stop their growth. The numbers of bacteria that are becoming resistant to antibiotics are increasing, with the development of new antibiotics and treatments being slower to emerge. It is clear that AMR is a hugely complex problem with a range of influences, driven by human activity as much as by biological mechanisms. Biomedical and clinical expertise alone cannot tackle AMR and globally co-operative interdisciplinary approaches are needed to tackle the challenge.
The call will invite innovative, cross disciplinary proposals that increase our understanding of the role that human and animal interactions with, and within, the indoor and built environment play in contributing to, or preventing, the evolution of AMR, and the potential for culturally informed, creative and design-led approaches to generate innovative ways to address the challenges of AMR in indoor and built environments.
Key areas which it is expected that the call will cover include:
– Places, Spaces, Cultures and Practices: Interactions with and within the Indoor and Built Environment
– Pathways and Journeys through the Built Environment and the Dynamics of Change
– Creative, Collaborative and Disruptive Innovation, Experiments and Design in Indoor/ Built Environments
– Reflection, Learning, Data and Valuing Impacts from Changes to the Indoor/ Built Environment
The call will encourage the development of new perspectives and creative thinking on the challenges of AMR through bringing distinctive Arts and Humanities and design research approaches more centrally into cross-disciplinary research and practice relating to AMR in the indoor and built environment.
AHRC will be holding an all-day networking and information event in Central London on 30 November 2016. The event will provide an opportunity to discuss research opportunities relevant to the call and for interested researchers and collaborators to network:
Deadline: TBC – February 2017
The British Academy’s Rising Star Engagement Awards (BARSEAs) are designed to enable established early career academics to actively engage in the work of the Academy and to enhance their own skills and career development through the organisation of events, training, and mentoring activities for a wide range of other early career researchers. This also includes public engagement and policy engagement activities.
This scheme is not an offer of funding for research activity.
Deadline: 30th November 2016
The Economic and Social Research Council invites applications for its celebrating impact prize. This prize recognises and rewards ESRC-funded researchers and ESRC associates who have achieved, or are currently achieving, outstanding economic or societal impacts through their research and collaborative working, partnerships, engagement and knowledge exchange activities.
There are six categories for this prize:
•outstanding impact in business and enterprise;
•outstanding impact in public policy;
•outstanding impact in society;
•outstanding international impact;
•outstanding early career impact – awarded in partnership with SAGE publishing;
•impact champion.
Please note – There must be a link to ESRC funding to be eligible. For further details, please see the link above.
Deadline: 1st December 2016
The British Academy invites proposals for its conference programme. This supports conferences on subjects in the humanities and social sciences held at the British Academy’s premises in London, UK. Conferences should last for one or two days, be suitable for up to 100 participants, bring together a large number of academics from different fields, and include the possibility that a themed volume of essays arising from the conference might be published in the proceedings of the British Academy series. Proposals of an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary nature, suggestions for subjects that contribute to public policy debates and collaborations are welcomed.
Any UK-based scholar may submit a proposal.
Deadline: 24th February 2017

Trust – Seed Award in the Humanities and Social Sciences 

The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its seed awards in humanities and social science. These enable researchers to develop compelling and innovative ideas that may go on to form part of larger grant applications. Proposals for this round must focus on the theme of sexuality and health. Eligible activities include pilot and scoping studies, planning sessions and meetings of collaborative networks.

Applicants may be individuals or groups, and must have a PhD or equivalent professional experience. They must be based at an eligible institution in the UK, Republic of Ireland or a low-to-middle-income country.
Deadline: 16th March 2017
Climate change, environmental degradation and resource pressures have created unprecedented situations for societies worldwide. Conventional knowledge and capacity building to tackle the challenges associated with sustainability have proven inadequate, and a comprehensive and concerted research initiative is needed to boost research on transformations to sustainability that can catalyse new kinds of solutions to environmental and social challenges.
T2S is a new funding programme for international, transdisciplinary projects addressing transformations to sustainability initiated by the Belmont Forum and NORFACE network. The programme is supported by funding agencies from Belgium, Brazil, Chinese Taipei, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the USA. More information on the participation of Norway will be available soon. Support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme may also be available for this programme.
Proposals from researchers based in any of the partner countries are welcome, and should address one or more of the call themes:
– Governance and institutional dimensions of transformations to sustainability
– Economy and finance of transformations to sustainability
Wellbeing, quality of life, identity, and social and cultural values in relation to transformations to sustainability
Deadline: TBC – Call opens in December
The Ministry of Defence’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and the Direction Générale de l’Armement invite proposals for their joint PhD programme. This aims to develop research in key areas of mutual interest to France and the UK, such as autonomous underwater vehicles, meta-materials, synthetic biology, sensors, vehicle armour, and human and social sciences. Proposals should address the following areas of interest:
•acoustic and radio-electric waves;
•biology and biotechnology;
•defence and security foresight;
•environment and geosciences;
•fluids and structures;
•human and systems;
•information engineering and robotics;
•information management big data;
•materials and nano-technologies;
UK and French supervisors based at universities or appropriate labs in the areas of interest may propose suitable candidates, who should be French or UK PhD students. Each proposal must have a supervisor from both a UK and French academic institution. Students are expected to spend time at both the UK and French institutes over the course of the PhD.
Deadline: 31st December 2016

Our digest of funding opportunities is provided by Richard Smith, Faculty Research and Enterprise Officer at Keele’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Science.

If you want more information on these, or other opportunities, Richard can be contacted via email at

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